Author Archives: Paul Mero

Sorry, this is not ‘Jim Crow’ – Mero Moment, 4/22/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. During the recent oral arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the marriage laws of Utah and Oklahoma, Judge Jerome Holmes, … Continue reading

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Bundy family: Right issue, wrong argument – Mero Moment, 4/15/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Cliven Bundy’s family roots in Nevada stretch back to the 1880s but his awkward articulation of constitutional rights and federalism are hurting his … Continue reading

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Who’s next to be ‘Eiched’? – Mero Moment, 4/8/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Here is a name you won’t soon forget: Brendan Eich. Like so many other success stories out of Silicon Valley, Brendan Eich is … Continue reading

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Behind the Legislative Scorecard – Mero Moment, 4/1/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. About 10 years ago, when Sutherland Institute made it a part of our mission to “constructively influence Utah’s decision makers,” we were very … Continue reading

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Why Herbert should veto preschool bill – Mero Moment, 3/25/14

Most people know that Barack Obama has been pushing for universal health care since his initial campaign in 2008. But did you know that universal preschool has been on his implementation list for just as long? The “Preschool for All” … Continue reading

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Learning the delicate dance of candor and civility – Mero Moment, 3/18/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Ten years ago this month Sutherland Institute finalized plans for a very unique project in Utah politics. It was 10 years ago that … Continue reading

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Election solution may be a Pyrrhic victory – Mero Moment, 3/11/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. (Scroll down for podcast.) As the legislative version of the Count My Vote initiative is signed into law, we should reflect on its … Continue reading

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Politics in Utah needs more integrity, less emotion – Mero Moment, 3/4/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. (Scroll down for podcast.) Speaking of my role as president of Sutherland Institute, a very dear friend of mine has told me more … Continue reading

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Private lives and public policy

A note to members of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives from Paul Mero, president of Sutherland Institute: As I write this, I recognize I’m addressing a diverse audience. I recognize some legislators know me well, even personally. Other … Continue reading

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Time to say no to the real bigots

Evidently when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer needs an excuse to veto a bill, any excuse will do. As Brewer vetoed SB 1062, a state religious freedom restoration bill modeled after federal law, she settled on a single message: Arizona doesn’t … Continue reading

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Using public policy to cover a multitude of sins

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Sutherland Institute recently released a statement in support of the state Legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and how it’s choosing instead … Continue reading

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Here’s how Utah can really level the educational playing field

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Ten years ago, Sutherland Institute published a powerful analysis of public education in Utah called Saving Education and Ourselves: The Moral Case for … Continue reading

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Count My Vote supporters don’t know when to call it a win

Count My Vote is not an issue high on the priority list for Sutherland Institute, and yet, it inexorably draws my attention. I’m stunned when the “reasonable” people – normally the adults in the room – behave like spoiled children. … Continue reading

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Marriage laws and the delicate balance between order and liberty

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. During a radio interview this week about the state’s defense of Utah’s marriage law, my host along with an opposing guest expressed incredulity … Continue reading

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Quick to judge, quick to condemn, and short on humor

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. When Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman went on his post-championship game rant against the San Francisco 49ers, I thought, wow, this guy has … Continue reading

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